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Durham University

School of Education

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Publication details for Prof Stephen Gorard

Gorard, S. & See, B.H. (2013). Do parental involvement interventions increase attainment? A review of the evidence. London, Nuffield Foundation.

Author(s) from Durham


This briefing paper summarises a review of the evidence linking
interventions to improve parental engagement in their children’s education
with improved attainment.
The review illustrates that there is not yet enough evidence that any
intervention will work, and also that a far higher standard of basic evaluation
is required, and should be expected by those who commission and fund
Full findings are presented in the report: What do rigorous evaluations tell us
about the most promising parental involvement interventions? A critical review
of what works for disadvantaged children in different age groups. The report is
available to download from


Briefing paper